/Falling behind in innovation will threaten our national security, jobs (via Qpute.com)
Frank Lucas

Falling behind in innovation will threaten our national security, jobs (via Qpute.com)

U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas and Stephanie Bice

Frank Lucas
Stephanie Bice

In a single day in Oklahoma, you can drive through fields being planted and harvested using precision GPS technology, past some of the country’s premier research universities, alongside natural gas wells using state-of-the-art energy technologies, and into the heart of Oklahoma City where the Innovation District hosts thriving bioscience, aerospace engineering and advanced medical research industries.

Our state is a showcase of the power of advanced science and technology and how it improves our lives, creates jobs and strengthens our economy. The foundation of technological growth is basic, early stage research. That’s how we make fundamental discoveries that entrepreneurs and businesses can translate into exiting new innovations.

For decades, America has seen sustained technological progress and enjoyed all the benefits that come with it. We are the world leader in science and technology because of decades of investment in research and development. But now that leadership is under threat, and our progress could stall. Meanwhile, in China, progress is accelerating. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) intends to surpass us as the frontrunner in scientific knowledge and technological development, and they’re committing extensive resources to crucial technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum information sciences, critical mineral development and advanced manufacturing. Falling behind will threaten our national security, our global competitiveness, and jobs here at home. Our continued success requires us to invest in next-generation technologies and to protect our research from theft.

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